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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

New toons

I am so thrilled I live in an age where cartoons are not just for kids anymore. New animated shows worth checking out:

1. Rick and Morty (Adult Swim) Imagine Doctor Who and Doc Brown (back to the future) had a love child who is a sociopathic alcoholic who forces his own grandson to go with him on highly illegal and unethical adventures through space and time. A bit dark at times, but just the right amount of humor to carry it all through.

2. Space Dandy (Adult Swim Toonami) A new anime series that is actually being simulcast in the US (in english) and Japan at the same time. I watched the premiere in Japanese and will check out the second episode in english to see which one I prefer. From the creator of Cowboy Bebop comes a tale which in many ways is if Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy was written by a slightly perverted Japanese guy. You've got the main character (Space Dandy himself) with a sweet pompadour who travels the universe looking for new and undocumented alien species. Cataloging the species for a space encyclopedia is how he makes his money to spend at a chain of 'breasteraunts' (I kid you not...that's what they are called) called BOOBIES which is pretty much what you think of if you think of Hooters in space. A robot sidekick (named QT) helps him out and along the way he gets a new partner (who like Ford Prefect is also from Betelgeuse) who is a cat like species who's name is so unpronounceable they end up calling him Meow. Being chased by what I could only make out was a bad guy who dresses like a space pimp, Space Dandy looks to be an epically bizarre adventure.

If you enjoy quirky animation that makes you laugh, I highly recommend both.

Monday, September 9, 2013

I'm going to go out on a limb here....but I think the reputation Ishtar has is highly misplaced. Quite a funny film if you ask me.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Might as well jump...

Take the leap.

New montage from my editing buddy Zach at Plot Point Productions:

Gravity: A Falling Montage by Zach_Prewitt

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Raiders of the Lost Ark...how it was meant to be seen

After reading recently that to prepare for making a film director Steven Soderburgh watches Raiders of the Lost Ark three times I was intrigued. But not that he watches it that many times, but that he does so in Black and White.

Going for a full emulation of the serial style Raiders set out to pay tribute to, seeing the effective use of light and shadow highlighted by the black and white was an amazing experience. The film already ranks high on my list but this just brought it up to a whole new level.

So next time you feel the desire to visit the wonderful film, drop your saturation and enjoy a hidden difference to this wonderful gem.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013


My editing partner has once again proven his awesome talent. The way his editing comb runs through the fabric of cinema is amazing and awe inspiring. For this one I ask you to sit down and buckle up for an amazing ride through some of cinemas greatest car chases. I give you 'DRIVE'

DRIVE by Zach_Prewitt

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

2013 movies!

It's time once again for movies coming out this year that I am looking forward to.

Oblivion 4/19 This one I am really torn on. Interesting looking scifi, directed by the guy who did TRON: Legacy but starring Tom Cruise (who I really really can't stand) so I am not sure.
VERDICT: Wait for reviews before seeing it or waiting for disc.

Iron Man 3  5/3 RDJ and Shane Black back together again?
VERDICT: See opening day.

Man of Steel 6/14 hmmmm I do enjoy Superman but since there hasn't been a good Superman film since the second Donner film I am not sure. Other than Suckerpunch, Zach Snyder has always entertained me and with Chris Nolan producing I am more than slightly interested.
VERDICT: Probably see in theater.

Monsters University 6/21 Mike and Sully the early years? YES!
VERDICT: You haven't seen a Pixar film in a theater since Finding Nemo so probably yes.

Kick-Ass 2 6/28 The first one was entertaining and a decent adaptation of the book.

Pacific Rim 7/12 Giant Monsters fighting Giant Robots starring Dr. Mrs' cousin Clifton? It's like G. del Toro
jacked right into my brain and asked what I wanted.
VERDICT: See opening day. Possibly twice.

The Wolverine 7/26 is this finally the Wolverine film we are waiting for? Hopefully.

RED2 8/2 The first one was a rocking great time and a lot of fun. Way more fun that it should have been. Showed 'The Expendables' how "old guys kicking ass" should be done.
VERDICT: Go see it if you don't have any other plans that weekend

8/9 Looks like a neat scifi film and directed by the guy who did District 9
VERDICT: Go see it

Riddick 9/6 I enjoyed Pitch Black but never saw the second one. 
VERDICT: rent it

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For 10/4 The first one was a marvelous adaptation so I expect the same. But no need to rush out to see it.
VERDICT: rent it

The Worlds End 10/25 Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Martin Freeman directed by Edgar Wright. A pub crawl turns into an apocalyptic world saving adventure? How could this be anything but amazing?
VERDICT:  See it!

Thor: The Dark World 11/8 As long as Earth isn't punished for some god's screw up this time you can count me in. Who am I kidding..Chris Eccleston is the bad guy. Of course I want to see it.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug 12/13 Not even gonna talk about this one.
VERDICT: See it. Twice. Wear your hobbit feet.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

End of the year quick reviews

I was off work for the last half of December so Dr. Mrs and I saw a few films.  Here are my quick reviews.

-Life of Pi: pretty but eh....

-Cloud Atlas: Enjoyed it and will want to see again but I just didn't feel the connections between the time periods was all there.  Maybe a second viewing and reading the book will help.

-Dredd: An excellent film version of what is Judge Dredd. A bit overly violent, but fits well. Shot and filmed quite gorgeously for such a violent film.

-Brave: Gorgeously animated, but couldn't identify with the characters. I honestly didn't care about her at all.

 -Robin Hood (2010): An interesting take on the legend. A bit long, but entertaining.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

A return to Middle Earth

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey review.

Seeing my favorite book in all of Middle Earth come to life on screen was an amazing experience. I may be biased since I enjoyed the book better than the rest of the novels but I feel that we have seen the better film (and once it's done the better trilogy)

This review will be spoiler laden:

Spending extra time in the Shire was a treat for me. I can never get enough of Hobbiton. And since we didn't get to see the scouring of the Shire in the previous films, it was nice to visit again. Tying this film to the beginning of Fellowship was a lovely touch. Then we jumped right back to the main story and Martin Freeman appeared. Genius casting as the younger Bilbo. 

For all the extra bits added in to the film I must say so far I am impressed. The Hobbit was primarily told from Bilbo's perspective so getting a bit more back story on the Dwarves and their fall from Erebor was handled perfectly. Bringing back Radagast to help tie in the Necromancer was seamless and Sylvester McCoy played the role with the perfect amount of weirdness.

So some are looking at the Hobbit book and thinking 'how can they make three films out of this?' and at face value they would be right. To me though it looks like Jackson is going for as true of an adaptation as possible and that just fills me with glee. We ended the first film with escaping the Goblin King and being saved by the Eagles. I predict the next film will see everything up to the death of Smaug and then the final film will be the battle of the Five Armies. Where will we see Gandalf and his dealings with the Necromancer will be interesting.

I saw it in 3D Imax (the imax was nice, but the 3D is still not worth it for me) and the film did look amazing. I did not get to see it in the new 48fps so I still can't say anything about it. At this point I will wait until another film comes out with it to form an opinion. If I go see this film again, its going to be a standard projection.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

My fractal view upon Skyfall

Slightly Spoilerish review of Skyfall

Skyfall to me was a wonderful third chapter to the beautifully rebooted Bond universe. The last three films have built this new powerful origin into the true Bond we know and love. What we have seen now is the final cut to the diamond to jeweled perfection.

The classic nods were wonderful (spoiler-ish: the license plate on the DB-5 is the same as Connery's) and the villain was a true bondian treat. The final cap to the diamond was the end for me. Using that location just makes the whole concept come full circle to where we were back to Dr. No, in kind of a fractal sense of the greater Bond mythos.

Mendes was an interesting choice to me at first but I found his style to be the perfect story telling for this chapter. There were a few scenes (while neccesary for the plot flow of the film) that strained credibility but as we are nearing perfection in the previous rough diamond of Daniel Craig Bond, I was able to over look them.

Some may still not fully like Craig as Bond but to me he has more than proved himself. His brute force from before has been finely honed into a strong forced Bond. He is ready for more and I hope the next film lives up to more true Bondian Lore as we got in Skyfall.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Blade Runner Sans Dialog Part 1

Last year as an experiment I decided to clip out all speaking from Blade Runner. What was left was actually an amazing film that allowed you to focus on the ambiance and beauty of each frame. The side affect was the conversations were then truncated down to awkward and strange moments between characters. I give you the first part in an ongoing series of Movies Without Words-Blade Runner.